The Pen and the Needle
Rousseau & the Enlightenment Debate on Women’s Education

Edited by Joanna M. Barker

Critical Texts 80

Modern Humanities Research Association

26 November 2021

ISBN: 978-1-839541-22-3 (paperback)  •  RRP £14.99, $19.99, €17.99

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This book traces the history of the controversy over the education of women in the second half of the eighteenth century, and in particular the influence of Rousseau’s Émile. It includes extracts from the writings of men and women, both English and French, and introduces a variety of opinions, putting them in context and tracing the complex way in which writers responded to Rousseau and also to each other’s published views. It contains thirteen textual extracts arranged in chronological order of first publication, to show how the controversy developed over the forty-year period from 1762 to 1799, a time of dramatic political and social change, and in particular the reaction caused by the shock of the French Revolution and the resulting emphasis on women’s domestic role.

Joanna M. Barker is Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University

Contents:

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Introduction
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3-14
1 Jean-Jacques Rousseau Émile, Or Education
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15-23
2 James Fordyce Sermons for Young Women
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3 Hester Chapone Letters on the Improvement of the Mind
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36-46
4 Stéphanie de Genlis Adelaide and Theodore, or On Education
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47-59
5 John Bennett Strictures on Female Education
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60-69
6 Catharine Macaulay Graham Letters on Education
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7 Maurice de Talleyrand Report on Public Education
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77-86
8 Mary Wollstonecraft A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
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87-95
9 Maria Edgeworth Letters for Literary Ladies
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96-103
10 Thomas Gisborne An Enquiry into the Duties of the Female Sex
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104-110
11 Priscilla Wakefield Reflections on the Present Condition of the Female Sex
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111-119
12 Mary Hays An Appeal to the Men of Great Britain in Behalf of Women
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120-130
13 Hannah More Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education
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131-131
Conclusion
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Bibliography
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Bibliography entry:

Barker, Joanna M. (ed.), The Pen and the Needle: Rousseau & the Enlightenment Debate on Women’s Education, Critical Texts, 80 (MHRA, 2021)

First footnote reference: 35 The Pen and the Needle: Rousseau & the Enlightenment Debate on Women’s Education, ed. by Joanna M. Barker, Critical Texts, 80 (MHRA, 2021), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Barker, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Barker, Joanna M. (ed.). 2021. The Pen and the Needle: Rousseau & the Enlightenment Debate on Women’s Education, Critical Texts, 80 (MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Barker 2021: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Barker 2021: 21.

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